Review: Jonathan Gold thinks of Osawa as an izakaya-plus

Osawa in Old Pasadena is know for its shabu shabu and elaborate bento boxes, but keep an eye on its specials menu, where you'll find as diverse an array of fish as you'll find outside Japan.
Jonathan Gold • Los Angeles Times • October 20, 2017
Have you tried battera sushi? You really should. It’s a brick-shaped thing, vinegared sushi rice pressed into a mold over lightly pickled mackerel and a transparent slip of seaweed, and it’s usually served sliced like bread. The oil of the saba,...
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